A shop owner in the United States of America is currently battling his case in court after doing the unthinkable.
His actions were a retaliation against one of his former employees who actually reported him for refusing to give him his final salary.
This man at the center of this controversy is Miles Walker and he has been sued after dumping coins worth over GHC 5,613 on the former employee’s compound.
The incident reportedly happened in March 2020 and the coins were covered in grease. He also added a note.
His employee is identified as Andreas Flaten and after he has stopped working for the shop owner, he contacted the Labour Department and made complaints that Walker owed him GHC 5,613.
The office then contacted the shop owner who initially stated that he is not going to pay his former employee, however, he changed his mind and decided to pay him in coins.
On the day of the incident, the shop owner dumped the coins in Flaten’s driveway and a video of the coins was shared on the popular social media platform, Instagram by the girlfriend of Flaten.
Reacting to the action of his former boss, Flaten stated that it took him hours to move the coins into his garage. In a submission, he said;
“At first, I didn’t think I would ever see my final pay. Then the oily pennies were dumped and honestly thought he would be able to pull a stunt like that and get away with that. So I’m very glad to see the DOL stepped up because no one deserves to be treated like that, especially when they were leaving to better themselves and tried to leave the right way.
It’s going to be hours upon hours of just things to clean this money up so that it’s even able to be spent. It’s definitely not fair at all.”
A report by CNN also indicated that the lawsuit filed by the Labour Department revealed that after delivering the coins, the shop owner wrote a defamatory note against Flaten on his website.
The Labor Department is now seeking back wages and damages of about KSh 4.1 million on behalf of several people who have worked with the auto shop owner.